THE new president of the Irish Medical Organisation has hit out at ‘fake news’ that has led to a drop-off in the number of young girls getting the HPV vaccine.
Dr Ann Hogan was making her inaugural speech as President of the IMO at the organisation’s AGM at the weekend.
She said: "Uptake rates for the HPV vaccine amongst young girls are declining to a worrying extent on the back of fake news stories about non-existent risks from vaccinations.
As a result, we are putting the future health of young women at risk of cervical cancer and other ailments.”
Dr Hogan also hit out at the current state of the health service, saying: "The health services isn’t suffering from a temporary illness…it is suffering from a long-term, persistent and severely debilitating illness caused by under-resourcing over decades and like any patient with chronic illness, the outlook is very difficult.”